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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 75

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No magic wand to end impasse in Sri Lanka…

By Chandramohan - Syndicate Features

First they raised a battle-fit army, next they acquired sea power and now they have an air force. Much of the world learnt about the ‘Tamil Elam Air Force’ only recently after it displayed an act of incredible audacity, using a propeller-driven four-seater aircraft to drop several bombs on the Katunayake airbase near Colombo late one evening in March, killing three airmen and injuring many people, before the plane returned unharmed to its Wanni jungle base in northern Sri Lanka.

Time Saarc emulates US-China example

By Atul Cowshish - Syndicate Features

The Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, arrived in Delhi to join the regional club called the South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation after launching another scathing attack on his eastern neighbour, Pakistan, for aiding and abetting acts of terrorism in Afghanistan. This could well have cast a shadow at the time Afghanistan was formally admitted into the South Asian group at its annual summit. It was the kind of gathering where Pakistan has traditionally been displaying its negative verbal flourishes against India, its cognitive ‘enemy’. The impetuous Pakistani leadership, stung by continuous Afghan criticism of its dubious role in the war on terror, may be inclined to see Afghanistan in the same light.

SAARC Leaders agreed to work to combat terrorism in the region

The Heads of State or Government underlined that terrorism is a threat to peace and security in the region. The Declaration of the Fourteen SAARC Summit has resolved to work to combat terrorism and other trans-national crimes. In the summit, Heads of State of the SAARC countries condemned the targeted killing of civilians and terrorist violence, in all its forms and manifestations, wherever and against whosoever committed. They further affirmed that terrorism violates the principles of the Charters of the United Nations and SAARC and is a clear and present threat to international peace and security. At the SAARC summit it was pointed out terrorism violates the principles of the Charters of the United Nations and SAARC and is a clear and present threat to international peace and security.

Hameedia blends with tradition for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year

Sunil C. Perera - Reporting from Colombo

Sri Lanka’s leading menswear specialist Hameedia has gone into shades of blue for this month’s Sinhala and Tamil New Year with the theme “Dressing in Blue and Facing the South”. Based on the “Litha” ritual, all of Hameedia 16 outlets across Sri Lanka are adorned in the colours of the New Year and offer their customers a special promotion for this month’s festive season. Operative until 30th April 2007, customers at all Hameedia, Adidas and Raymond outlets located strategically across Sri Lanka are offered a variety of redeemable gift vouchers with their New Year purchases.

ICRC sharply criticizes bomb attacks on civilian passenger buses in Sri lanka

The International Committee of the Red Cross has expressed its serious concern over the number of casualties caused by deliberate attacks against civilians which has sharply increased in northern and eastern Sri Lanka. ICRC said that only last week some 30 people were killed and more than 50 injured, as a result of two bomb attacks on civilian buses and other violent incidents. The last attack on the bus passengers took place on Saturday in Vavuniya district, where a claymore-mine explosion gutted a public bus, killing eight persons and injuring 25.

Australia – a lucky country for Tamil Tigers to raise funds

On Good Friday the pro-LTTE radio located at Unit 1, 19, Belmore St, Burwood, New South Wales, 2134, ran a 24-hour radiothon pleading for funds from the Tamil community. It was run by Pirbakaran, a fluent speaker who got his training in broadcasting at Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation. Dr. S. Manmohan, the heart surgeon, was backing him behind the scene. He is a known Tiger sympathizer. Like all Tamils who cry “discrimination” he passed out as a doctor with a basic degree in medicine from the free education system provided by “the Sinhala-dominated government”.

Asset Media failed to address the national security concern arising from Direct to Home service

In a clarification to the “Asian Tribune,” Asset Media Pvt Ltd says that their subscribers are protected from unlawful Direct To Home transmissions of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. This clarification was sent in response to Asian Tribune’s news report of appeared on 08 April. The news report said that “Satellite based direct to home” television services a threat to national security. “ Asset Media Pvt Ltd is a subsidiary of Dialog Telekom Ltd, Colombo, Sri Lanka. However Asset Media statement failed to addressed the genuine concerns of the national security issues raised by “Asian Tribune.” Asset Media says that they have encrypted their channels through Conditional Access System (CAS). But this company has not said what encryption system they have adopted. Our experts are of the view that they may be adopting IRDETO encryptions system.

Sri Lanka: 21 die 49 injured in a bus – truck head-on collision

From Sunil C.Perera in Colombo

A fatal road accident is reported early this morning at 6.15 a.m. It has claimed the lives of 21 passengers and injured more than 49, according to latest figures available regarding the causalities in a head-on collision. The passenger bus belonging to Udugama bus depot was heading for Galle when it crashed head-on with a container truck transporting beer proceeding towards Colombo from the opposite side of the Colombo – Galle main highway at Kosgoda, Induruwa.

Sri Lanka Government provides needy assistance for victims of the road mishap

Sunil C. Perera, - Reporting from Colombo

A local Beer Company and the government of Sri Lanka have decided to compensate relatives of the dead passengers who met with an accident on today morning in Kosgoda, Southern Sri Lanka. The Government also agreed to provide necessary assistance for the victims who are now moved to the hospitals to provide better facilities. Death toll has now increased 23 people in the bus and container collision occurred at Kosgoda in Induruwa this morning. The accident happened when a crowded CTB bus from Colombo to Galle and a container transporting beer crashed head-on on the Colombo-Galle highway.